Forest School, Horsham

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The Forest School
Forest School, Horsham Logo.png
Comptons Lane
Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5NW
Coordinates51°03′34″N 0°18′24″W / 51.05948°N 0.30672°W / 51.05948; -0.30672Coordinates: 51°03′34″N 0°18′24″W / 51.05948°N 0.30672°W / 51.05948; -0.30672
School typeBoys' comprehensive secondary
MottoWhere Boys Learn Best
Establishedc. 1944
Local authorityWest Sussex
SpecialistEngineering College, Business and Enterprise College
Department for Education URN126065 Tables
Chair of GovernorsMr C Purvis
Head teacherMr I Straw[1]
Age11 to 16
Number of students1100

The Forest School is a comprehensive secondary school for boys in Horsham, West Sussex, England. It educates 1100 boys between the ages of 11 and 16 and is a specialist Engineering and Business and Enterprise College. It is one of only three maintained boys' schools in West Sussex, and liaises closely with Millais School, the girls' school in the town. It was formerly an 11-18 secondary modern school, becoming an 11-16 comprehensive in 1976.


The school began following the separation of the Oxford Road senior school into separate schools for boys and girls in the mid-1940s. The boys' school - then named Horsham Secondary Modern School for Boys - moved to its current campus in Comptons Lane in 1954. In 1958, the girls' school was relocated to a nearby site, and both schools were renamed under the Forest name, leading to the opening of the Forest secondary boys school.[2]

In 1976, education in the town was reorganised to form three comprehensive schools and a separate sixth form college in place of the existing grammar and secondary modern structure. The Forest school was reconstituted as an 11-16 boys comprehensive, with sixth form provision moving to The College of Richard Collyer.[2]

For a period of time which included 1979-1984, the school was divided into departments or "Houses", each its own colour.

Brunel - Art/Design/Metalwork/Woodwork (Pink), Faraday - Sciences (Yellow), Mansion - Languages (Light Blue), Newton - Mathematics (Red), Shelley - English language/Literature (Dark Blue), Tyler - Humanities (Green)

In the late '70's and early '80's, the first computers arrived and these were Commodore Pets (2 with 1Kb memory and 1 with 32Kb memory). These were under the care of the Mathematics department and were later joined by a batch of 16Kb "Pets" and a BBC Micro. The Science Department procured a Sinclair ZX80, then a ZX81 as their first computers.

In 2008, the past Houses (Tudor, Stuart, Lancaster, and York) were disbanded, and new "communities" were formed (Dyson, Hawking, Branson and Marconi respectively). The school has introduced a 'Vertical Tutor Group' system, which was put into practice in June 2009.

At the end of 2009 The Forest School Radio was launched. The station was ran by students, and the episodes were downloadable podcasts usually available weekly, however, it has since been discontinued.

In April 2010 the redesigned school website was launched complete with virtual learning facilities, which are now used mostly for homework and revision material. The website was created by Cleverbox,[3] who also designed other materials for the school, including prospectus designs and van artwork.[4]

In March 2018 the Forest Newspaper was founded.



The school's current buildings were first opened in 1974, and many of the present buildings date from that time. Its 20-acre (81,000 m2) site also houses the Business & Enterprise Centre, which contains xix computer-equipped classrooms and a 200-seater auditorium,[5] and is also used by local groups after school time.[6] The building cost £1.5 million,[7] and was opened in October 2006.[8]


The school has consistently achieved higher than the national average.

2012 [9] 2013 [10] 2014 [11] 2015 [12]
10 or more A*/A 29 20 17 23
5 A*-C (inc English & Maths) 62% 68% 67% 66%
5 A*-C 84% 85% 83% 70%
A*-G 98% 100% 100% 100%
Special mentions 6 Pupils - 12 A/A*, 6 Pupils - 13 A/A*, 3 Pupils - 14 A/A* 5 Pupils - 11 A/A*, 1 Pupil - 13 A/A*, 1 Pupil - 15 A/A* 5 Pupils - 12 A/A*, 1 Pupil - 13 A/A*, 4 Pupils - 14 A/A* 3 pupils - 12 A/A*, 4 pupils - 13 A/A*, 2 pupils - 14 A/A*

More data about The Forest School


School uniform is black trousers, a white shirt (long or short sleeves) a black v-necked jumper (with the school's logo) and a tie with stripes the colour of the community. Prefects wear the same uniform except for the shirt, where instead of white they wear blue and a thinner-striped community-coloured tie.

Senior Prefects wear a badge stating their role. It is worn on the tie and is the Community colour. There are 20 Senior Prefects. Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy have an all black tie with a blue stripe along the bottom, also with a badge.

In 2010, a new summer uniform was introduced which consists of a black polo shirt with the school's logo and community name, instead of the usual white shirt with tie. The uniform returns to normal during the winter.


  • The school hosts events organised by staff and pupils. This includes football matches between the students and the teachers.
  • There is an annual Performance Evening, which is drama, dance, PE, music, and art.
  • In June 2009, an annual event was introduced called 'The FM Factor', a talent show featuring pupils from both Forest and Millais school (hosted at Forest) in which pupils perform dancing, singing, acting, and stand up comedy. In 2009, the contest was won by Michael Jackson Tribute Group "The Thrillerz", who performed a medley of Jacksons hits from the 1980s.
  • In July 2009, three pupils organised and choreographed a 'Teachers got Talent' show featuring musical performances from the staff - and featuring successful acts from the 2009 FM Factor. The event raised £500 which went towards a local school for children with disabilities.
  • In July 2010 the school collaborated with Millais School to produce a production of 'Billy Elliot: The Musical' in celebration of the shows 5th anniversary in the London West End. It was performed at The Capitol Theatre in Horsham and had three sell-out performances.
  • On the second to last night of the summer term the school held the second FM Factor, the winners being Tribal Gaffa Tape who performed The Tesco Song.
  • In April 2011 the school put on a production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat".
  • The school is regular entrants to the UK Rock Challenge. Its awards from this include 'Performers Choice' and 'Drugs Awareness Award' in 2009, 'Best Staging' in 2010, and 'Best Backstage Crew' in both 2009 and 2010.

In March 2012 the school put on a production of We Will Rock You (musical) with four performances over three days.


  • The school raises money for charity with events such as non-uniform days, cake sales, and teacher vs. pupil events. Pupils brought in items from their homes to send to Haiti after the devastating earthquakes.
  • In November 2013, the school raised £1500 for the 2013 Philippines Disaster [13][14]


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  6. ^ "Facilities for Hire - The Forest School". The Forest School website. The Forest School. Archived from the original on 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  7. ^ "Latest NEws". F&G website. Felce & Guy Partnership Architects. 2006. Archived from the original on October 26, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
  8. ^ "THE FOREST SCHOOL, Horsham". F&G website. Felce & Guy Partnership Architects. Retrieved 2009-01-04.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Forest School maintains excellent GCSE results". The Forest School. Archived from the original on 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  10. ^ "Forest School celebrates excellent results". The Forest School. Archived from the original on 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  11. ^ "Forest School celebrates another year of fantastic GCSE results". The Forest School. Archived from the original on 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  12. ^ . The Forest School Archived from the original on 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2015-08-20. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
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